"Alan E." wrote:

> And make sure you get the tilde over the "ñ", because when
> you ask them how old they are, in Spanish if you don't have
> that tilde then you're asking them how many rear orifices
> they have!

Hmm. Of course, the latter question may be just as valid, depending on 
circumstances.

Rather the same situation exists in German (albeit not necessarily as
extreme), where an umlaut can be the only difference between two words
of completely different pronunciation and meaning. (In German, Ä is a
short form of AE, Ö is a short form of OE, and Ü is a short form of UE.
The odd letter that looks vaguely like a poorly-formed lowercase beta,
and has no uppercase form, is called an "es-tset," and is used in place
of a double-s, but only if there isn't a syllable break across it.)

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